Just a brief note, this article was written with a focus on e-commerce, and my top 5 list would likely change without that focus. Without much ado, here are my top 5 extensions for Joomla for e-commerce:
We all know that without SEO, it is difficult to make a presence online. The one thing I have always disliked about Joomla is that URL-management always seemed so complicated and, quite frankly, annoying. Enter MijoSEF. Managing URLs and metadata has never been so easy in Joomla. Know exactly what is being considered as duplicate content, what path is being taken to generate each URL, and have total control over each component (some for an extra cost). This component has truly helped me understand my website better and cut down the time required to maintain it.
From the ability to Quick Edit multiple URLs at once without having to reload the page for each URL, to the top notch customer service that is always provided by MijoSoft, this component deserved nothing but the top spot on my favorite extensions list.
I simply could not decide which to choose for the #2 spot on my list, so I decided that they both deserve the title. Hey, don’t be jealous.
For those who don’t know, the difference between MijoShop and HikaShop is that HikaShop was written natively for Joomla and, according to the developer, will only be available for Joomla. MijoShop is an extension that integrates Joomla with the popular open-source shopping cart OpenCart. There are advantages and disadvantages to both types of extensions. You can read my review for MijoShop here. A HikaShop review will be made soon.
RSFirewall! is one of my favorite components for Joomla, because it makes having a tight hold on security so simple. Admittedy, RSFirewall! has conflicted with other components on my website, but did not result in any major issues that could not be resolved quickly. RSFirewall! should be an essential for any internet-based entrepreneur that takes their online store seriously. Security should always be a very high priority, and does not always have to be expensive.
Coming in at the #4 spot on my list of top Joomla e-commerce extensions is Acyba AcyMailing. Email marketing has been, and continues to be, one of the top ways to reach your customers and effectively convert leads.
The features that come with AcyMailing depend highly on the model you choose. The model I have been using for the past few months is the Business model. All I can say is, “Wow!” It integrates seamlessly with HikaShop, and if you purchase the Enterprise edition you can even send automated newsletters to your customers according to certain dates, such as relative to when they registered on your site. With the model I am using, the Business edition, it is possible to schedule a newsletter to be distributed on a future date, but not automatically based on each individual customer’s registration date, for instance. Still, an incredible feature for a well-priced component. To me, this is an absolute essential for e-commerce.
Unfortunately, there is no plugin available at the moment for MijoShop, but there is one for HikaShop, which could make it a make-or-break deal for you. If you are using MijoShop, you can still opt to use AcyMailing separately for regular marketing newsletters.
Acyba is a great company that develops quality products, and offers incredible service to its customers.
With a growing demand for globally-aware online stores, GTranslate Enterprise’s cloud-based translating system can help catapult your business’ success on the web. What I like most about GTranslate Enterprise is that you can have top-level country domain names for your website (such as curiousdevelopers.es, etc.), which can help you rank better on international search engines.
Although customer service for GTranslate could be improved, the extension itself is relatively simple to manage and easy to set up. Also, if you’re on a budget, there is also a free version called GTranslate Free, which translates your website on the fly and is not cloud-based. I have yet to try it, but hear excellent things about it. To me, the $18/month I pay for GTranslate Enterprise is so well-spent I have never felt the need to!
What are you top 5 extensions for Joomla for e-commerce, and why? Post them in the comments section below.